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21 APR 2018
The early 2000s marked a major turning point in the work of the French composer, Éliane Radigue. After a career almost exclusively dedicated to electronic synthesizers, Radigue began to produce a set of works dedicated to acoustic instrumentation. The first is Naldjorlak I. The inspiration for this work came after Radigue attended a recital by the American cellist, Charles Curtis.

In its Portuguese premiere, Serralves presents the three parts of the Naldjorlak cycle. The title is a compound word invented by Radigue that includes references to the Tibetan language, evoking spiritual Buddhist concepts of unity and respect. The cycle was developed between 2004 and 2009. It is always based on a relationship with virtuoso instrumentalists, and is built through interaction and play with the subtle properties and fragile acoustic phenomena of the musical instruments.

The cycle is played by Charles Curtis, Carol Robinson and Bruno Martinez. Curtis is one of the world’s leading cellists. He has worked with Radigue and also with other leading composers such as La Monte Young and Alvin Lucier.
Robinson is a composer and clarinettist, whose multi-faceted musical life has included performing in the world’s leading classical music concert halls, collaboration with leading composers and choreographers and also more experimental contexts. Martinez is the principal clarinetist-bass at the Paris Opera since 1992, and has played under the direction of composers and conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Witold Lutoslawski, Yehudi Menuhin or Esa Pekka Salonen. He also frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician in France and around the world.

17:00 Naldjorlak I
(for solo cello)
18:00 Naldjorlak II
(for two basset horns)
19:00 Naldjorlak III
(for two basset horns and cello)

* members of the public will only be allowed to enter before the start of each part of the cycle, in accordance with the programme.

Photo © Yves Arman / Fondation A.R.M.A.N.
Éliane Radigue is a French composer especially known for her works in electronics since the 1960s. Born in Paris, where she currently lives, she studied electro-acoustics in the 1950s with Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, and worked for the latter as his assistant. In the early 1970s, Radigue developed several works in the United States for the Arp synthesizer that subsequently became her preferred instrument. Her conversion to Buddhism in 1975 became a major influence of study of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy in her work.
Radigue has had a low-key singular and solitary career, that has nonetheless won her a well-deserved place in the group of today’s most important and influential songwriters, alongside the likes of Terry Riley, Steve Reich or La Monte Young.
Her recent cycles dedicated to acoustic instrumentation - Naldjorlak and OCCAM OCEAN – have been presented at institutions and events such as Sound and Music (London), Issue Project Room and Crossing the Line (New York), Fondation Cartier and Festival d'Automne (Paris) , GES-2 (Moscow), Huddersfield Contemporary, CTM (Berlin), E-May (Vienna) or Tectonics (Glasgow).
  • LocationMuseum Galleries
  • Schedule17h00 - 20h00
  • Days21 APR 2018
  • Price€ 10,00

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